Community Design Center of Pittsburgh Lecture Series-School of Architecture - Carnegie Mellon University

Monday, November 1, 2010

Community Design Center of Pittsburgh Lecture Series

Featuring Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Monday, November 1, 2010
6:00pm to 8:00pm
George Rowland White Theatre, University Center, Point Park University
414 Wood Street - Downtown Pittsburgh

An innovator in deliberative democracy, public administration and organizational development, Carolyn launched AmericaSpeaks in 1995. Under her leadership, the organization has earned a national reputation as a leader in the field of deliberative democracy and democratic renewal. AmericaSpeaks is the civic engagement partner to the local regional visioning initiative, the Power of 32.

Prior to founding AmericaSpeaks, Carolyn served as Consultant to the White House Chief of Staff from November 1993 through June 1994. She served as Deputy Project Director for Management of the National Performance Review, Vice President Al Gore’s reinventing government task force. Carolyn was Chief of Staff to Ohio Governor Richard F. Celeste. She also led her own successful organizational development and management consulting firm for 14 years. Carolyn earned a PhD in Organizational Behavior from Case Western University.

Carolyn’s experiences engaging people and bringing large-scale citizen participation to local and regional planning and governance efforts will speak directly to Pittsburghers’ passion for our communities. Her lecture will help us better understand how to engage and empower our residents and stakeholders to take part in important decisions that will shape the city’s future. “When citizens and residents are once again the center of our community life, people and leaders from all sector will collaborate to face and solve our community’s most pressing issues,” says Carolyn.

Following Carolyn's presentation, a panel discussion with local design practitioners about the evening's presentation will take place. The moderator and panelists are listed below.

Jim Denova
Vice President, The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation


Bracken Burns
Commissioner, Washington County

Anne-Marie Lubenau, AIA
President/CEO, Community Design Center of Pittsburgh
Chair, Pittsburgh Civic Design Coalition

Dr. Carolyn Lukensmeyer
Founder & President, AmericaSpeaks
Selena Schmidt
Executive Director, Power of 32

Student tickets are $10, and can be purchased ahead of time, by calling 412-391-4144, or emailing (